Counselors Offer Help After Teen's Death

Seventeen-year-old Kevin Vatale was struck and killed by a car in Suffield, Connecticut.

Grief counselors will be at Suffield High School in Connecticut to help students deal with the death of a 17-year-old classmate who was struck by a car in front of his home on Wednesday night.

Kevin Vitale, a 17-year-old 11th grader, was struck by a car while crossing Mapleton Avenue in Suffield around 6 p.m .on Wednesday to get the mail, according to police.

Vitale was a member of the Best Buddies program and was an active and positive member of the school community, Suffield Supt. Karen Baldwin said in a letter to parents and guardians of Suffield public school student.

Baldwin said school counselors, psychologists and a social worker will be available for high school students and a schedule of weekend hours will be posted on school district's website.

The school is also offering resources for grief and loss to help parents speak with their children.

The driver who struck Vitale, a woman, stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police. No charges have been filed, and police said a mixture of rain, sleet and snow was coming down at the time so weather conditions may have been a factor.

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